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The heart of the abortion problem, therefore, is not merely whether or not to choose abortion, but whether or not to establish loving, godly, face-to-face relationships with other persons.

Abortion is the delayed consequence of human faces having hardened into façades (courtesy of Helena Rubenstein, Max Factor, Calvin Klein, GQ, or the Wall Street Journal).

The effort to reverse abortion through political persuasions is, of course, both needed and urgent.

But this effort must be accompanied by advising, inspiring, and teaching others about the irreplaceable origin of morality in the loving look on the countenance of the other.

A special effort to achieve this, natural though it is, will be needed given our situation in an impersonal, technological world.

We should take heart, however, in the words of personalist philosopher Jacques Maritain: “As individuals, we are subject to the stars. As persons, we rule them.”

We need not be victims of our environment.

The primary responsibility, then, of every human being is being human.

In that act of being human one finds his authentic personhood as a dynamic integration of individual uniqueness and social responsibility, and as a creative fusion of love and generosity.

 ~ Professor Donald DeMarco

 
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care PDF Print E-mail

If you are 18 years old or older, and you're reading this, you have the right to make your own medical decisions. But that could change in an instant.

For example, an accident or illness could leave you -- temporarily or permanently -- unable to make those decisions.

That is why it is so important that every adult have a carefully drafted Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. The International Task Force's (ITF) Protective Medical Decisions Document (PMDD) is one such legal document that allows a person to name someone to make those decisions in the event they cannot make them for themselves.

Parents of college students take it for granted that, if they are paying for their child's medical care, they always have the right to make medical decisions for a son or daughter who becomes unable to do so. But that is not the case.

In fact, they may even be unable to get information about a hospitalized adult child's medical condition.

However, the person who is designated in a PMDD to make health care decisions can have access to such information. Young adults can designate a parent as their decision maker so that, in the event of a sports injury, illness or accident, someone who knows and loves them will have the authority to protect their lives and well-being. That's why a PMDD should be one of the necessities given to each and every 18-year-old.

To obtain a PMDD package from the ITF for yourself, for a college student, or for anyone else, call 800.958.5678 and ask about the PMDD package.

 
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